Lakeview Woman Charged In Death Of 8-Month-Old Son

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Lakeview woman who is undergoing psychiatric care for post-partum illness has been charged with suffocating her 8-month-old son, authorities said Thursday.

While her husband went to play tennis on Feb. 7, Janet Thies-Keogh killed their son, Colin, in the couple’s home, Cook County prosecutors said.

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Colin’s autopsy initially indicated further studies were necessary but on Wednesday, a doctor with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office ruled his death was a homicide by suffocation.

Thies-Keogh, 30, allegedly told her husband she was “not good” and asked him to come home when he called to check up on her the night Colin died. She repeatedly told him, “It’s too late,” Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

As the husband rushed home, he called 911 and told a dispatcher that he believed his wife may have done something to herself or their child, Santini said.

He then called his wife back and was on the phone with her for roughly four minutes, according to phone records. After that second call to his wife, Thies-Keogh’s husband called 911 dispatchers back. This time, he told them his wife indicated to him that she had “suffocated and killed” the baby, a police report said.

Officers found Colin on the bed in the master bedroom of the home in the 3900 block of North Ashland Avenue, Santini said.

He was not breathing and was unresponsive. Colin was pronounced dead later at Thorek Memorial Hospital.

Thies-Keogh was arrested this week at a residence in Des Plaines.

Judge Israel Desierto ordered her held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Thies-Keogh’s attorney Thomas Brandstrader said his client suffers from a post-partum-related illness.

Just a month before Colin’s death, she stopped working at a beer distributing company, he said.

Thies-Keogh has been under psychiatric care since the incident and received in-patient treatment for more than a month, Brandstrader said.

Currently, she goes to outpatient therapy four days a week.

  • Jennifer

    As a current sufferer of PPD my heart goes out to the entire family.

  • Kelly

    I had PPD after the birth of my twins. It is a terrible illness. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Tanya Livingston

    I wonder if DCFS had prior contact with the family?

  • Whitney

    No, they didn’t.. their first contact was when they were called into investigate the childs death.

  • Thomas C. Brandstrader

    Ms. Keogh never told anyone that she killed her baby. The story is inaccurate.

  • Ted

    What is wrong with you people? Post partum BS. This vicious murderer should get the max. There is no excuse for killing a baby!

    • JMT

      PPD is a very serious mental condition. Have you had a child, TED? You obviously have no clue what you are talking about. Knowing her and her family for MANY years- she is and still is a good person!! She would never hurt her baby- she loved Colin. There is NO evidence to support this, and is a very sad situation, regardless. There are horrible people in the world, she is not one of them!

    • Jennifer

      You’re an idiot.

  • Rachel

    Lots of women have PPD and don’t kill their children, If this woman would have been of a different ethnic persuasion there would be a lot less people saying “so sad”, they would be shouting “rotten mother!” or worst.

  • crookcounty

    Here we go with the race card again…. :S

  • Rachel

    This is a tragedy on so many levels, it involves women’s mental health issues, our family support system, and on some level social and economic issues as well. It was not my intention to reduce the seriousness of this tragedy to a “race card”, although true, it was a crass comment to make. My apologies and sympathy go out to the family.

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